What's happening at Small Middle School
Week of February 25, 2019 – March 1, 2019
I’m writing this newsletter live from the 6th grade Valentine’s Day Dance! This is a fantastic way to celebrate all the money for campus our kids helped raise, and these 6th graders are tearing up the dance floor in style. Well, not actually tearing it up with actual dances; more like tearing it up by playing chase or briefly dancing then darting back to the safe confines of the outer perimeters. DJ Fred (Mr. T) is mixing it up with hits from today and from before, all geared up to get our kids on the floor. It’s events such as this that give me pause….wait…gotta run, the DJ is playing Harlem Shuffle.
Wow! Now they’re dancing! Nothing gets socially awkward teens and middle-aged adults on the dance floor faster than a dance with explicit instructions. Nobody feels judged as we’re all doing the same thing: we’re moving it to the left, we’re moving it to the right, etc… It’s just like I was planning on delving deep into before the song started playing. Teenagers need to …
Dang! Now he’s playing the Cupid Shuffle! This one has even more instructions, which means less opportunities to mess up. Wow! Even the chaperones are high-tailing it to the floor on this one.
Whew…now I’m out of breath. Looks like I won’t be able to finish my thoughts on the above. Instead, take a gander at the miscellania below:
7th and 8th Grade Parent/Guardian Learning Walk: Please join us this Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in the cafeteria for a Learning Walk. This one is geared towards 7th and 8th grade families to they can get an idea as to what’s going on in our classrooms. For 7th grade families, it’s a great way to get a glimpse into what one could expect next year. We’ll meet briefly to go over expectations, spend about 45 minutes in some classrooms, then debrief in the cafeteria all before the chaos which is a passing period ensues.
Transformation Zone Update: A BIG thanks to the parents and guardians who met with the consulting firm working with AISD a few weeks back to discuss Smallville and the Transformation Zone opportunity. There is no news to report on this end, as we are still in a holding pattern, but expect some news by the end of next week. Regardless of the outcome, it’s always great to let others meet with our various stakeholders to hear about all the wonderful goings on at Small.
CAC BTO Shoutout: Kudos to our CAC for sitting through about 40 minutes of my discussion and dissection of next year’s BTO (Basic Table of Operations, i.e. budget). It’s never exciting listening to somebody go over what amounts to a spreadsheet with numbers on it ad nauseum, but the committee sat through the process and learned about what we plan to do with the funds AISD is giving us, what we’ll do if and when they decide to increase the funds based on our student population, and how we plan to pay “out of pocket” for staff and personal so we can continue to have the same number of staff next year. We are a tricky school to forecast since our numbers have increased every year (34% in 3 years) due to student choice and the growth of Southwest Austin, but we’re certain the funds forecasted will soon match our student projections and we won’t have to rely on Plans B, C, D, and E. Regardless, it was nice to share the inner workings of the entire process with the CAC and their questions and ponderings certainly proved their interest.
Now, back to the dance floor. I heard rumor there’s an old school remix version of The Electric Slide coming up and I got to start stretching.
Small Middle School
Online registration for the 2019-20 school year is open! Every year parents need to register their student(s) for the following school year. Please visit your PARENT CLOUD, click the “registration” tile to complete registration for the 2019-20 school year.
* Please check to make sure your contact information is up to date (any address changes will need to be made at the school)
* Please make sure your emergency contact information is up to date
If you are having trouble accessing your Parent Cloud please contact Diane Ewing 512-841-6710 OR contact Parent Technology Support at 512-414-9187
Note from the Counselors:
Every student should have a choice sheet now. If not you can download from the links above.
Computer Science (YR) & Computer Science (SM) have now changed to PLTW Computer Science for Innovators & Makers (YR) and PLTW APP Creators (SM)
Green Building has now changed to Manufacturing & Construction
AISD Food Service Survey
AISD Food Services Survey 2019
At Austin ISD, we are committed to all students. In Nutrition and Food Services we strive to expand food access, serve healthy, tasty meals, and provide opportunities to learn about nutrition, cultural foodways and the food system. Salad bars, food trucks, plant-based options, clean labels, global flavors, locally sourced and sustainably raised foods are all ways we are reinventing the urban school meal experience at Austin ISD. Positive changes have been put in place over past few years. It is important that we continue to gather feedback from our school communities. We’d like your feedback. This information will be used to help create future menus to best meet your needs. Past feedback helped us to create more balanced menus with healthier versions of student favorites paired with new, global dishes.
Take the family survey here: https://tinyurl.com/2019AISDFamilySurvey Take the student/staff survey here: https://tinyurl.com/2019AISDStaffandStudentSurvey
Making the choice to eat school meals positively impacts all students across the district. The more students fed each day, the more funds are available to spend on higher quality food. We plan to increase the use of local, sustainable and clean label foods, but need student participation to help support these initiatives.
Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback!
Anneliese Tanner Executive Director
Austin ISD Food Services and Warehouse Operations
Encuesta de Servicios Alimentarios 2019
En el Austin ISD estamos comprometidos con todos los estudiantes. En Servicios Alimentarios y de Nutrición nos esforzamos por expandir el acceso a la comida, servir comidas saludables y deliciosas, y ofrecer oportunidades de aprender sobre nutrición, prácticas culturales alimenticias y el sistema alimentario. Las barras de ensaladas, camiones de comida, opciones basadas en plantas, etiquetas limpias, sabores globales, comidas de fuentes locales y producidas de forma sostenible son todas formas en que estamos reinventando la experiencia de la comida escolar urbana en el Austin ISD. Se han realizado cambios positivos durante los últimos años. Es importante que sigamos reuniendo comentarios de nuestras comunidades escolares. Nos gustaría saber su opinión. Se utilizará esta información para crear menús futuros que satisfagan mejor sus necesidades. Los comentarios en el pasado nos ayudaron a crear menús más balanceados con versiones más saludables de platos favoritos de los estudiantes junto con platos globales nuevos.
Llene la encuesta familiar aquí: https://tinyurl.com/2019AISDFamilySurvey
Llene la encuesta para estudiantes y personal aquí: https://tinyurl.com/2019AISDStaffandStudentSurvey
Elegir comer las comidas escolares afecta de forma positiva a todos los estudiantes del distrito. Mientras más estudiantes las coman cada día, tantos más fondos habrá disponibles para comprar comida de mayor calidad. Planeamos aumentar el uso de alimentos locales, sostenibles y de etiqueta limpia, pero necesitamos la participación de los estudiantes para que apoyen estas iniciativas.
¡Gracias por tomarse el tiempo para compartir su opinión!
Anneliese Tanner Directora ejecutiva Servicios Alimentarios y Operaciones del Almacén del Austin ISD
Social Emotional Learning
This week, our students will be learning about and discussing resilience. Resilience is perseverance through struggle, bounding back from defeat, and having the courage to take risks. They will watch a video about Richie Parker, a vehicle engineering, and how he’s overcome many obstacles. Then, students will reflect on an individual in their lives that has been highly resilient.
Read the quote. Allow time for students to process and have them share their thoughts on it.
Monday: “We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” – Dr. Martin Luther King
Wednesday: “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou
Friday: “We can’t become who we need to be by remaining who we are.” – Oprah Winfrey
Please join us for a parent overview of Blend. BLEND, Austin ISD’s new digital learning space, was created to provide parents and guardians with the information necessary to support their child’s use of BLEND. Come join us for a short orientation that will help you understand the mechanics of BLEND and give you a better understanding of your child’s expectations at school.
This class will be taught by 7th grade science teacher, Laura Rice. Ms. Rice is the Campus innovation Coach has been using BLEND for over 2 years.
March 6th from 8:15 – 9:30 – Room 206
Thank you to those of you that have filled out the Parent survey so far.
If you have not, please take a few minutes
AISD would like to get a solid idea of how our families feel about our school. They use this information for the strategic plan scorecard.
Please take a moment to tell AISD your thoughts about Small Middle School.
Boys Basketball Scores vs Murchison
7B Small 28 – Gorzycki 33
8B Small 29 – Gorzycki 36
A Team City Tournament results
7A 58 – Burnet 37
Monday 7A @ Garcia (City Semi-Finals)
Monday 8A @ Lamar
Wednesday Games for 7A and 8A to be determined based on Monday’s results.
Sustainable Living in Germany & Switzerland Trip - June 2020
Travel to Germany and Switzerland to learn how they are leaders in Sustainable Living.
To learn more about this international STEM trip opportunity, click the link here to visit the tour website
This trip is planned for June 2020
Can't make it in June?
Maybe try Spring Break...
Students will have two opportunities to learn about Sustainable Living in German and Switzerland. The trips differ slightly, but the experience is beyond compare.
Please join us to learn more about this amazing opportunity.
Learn how the Alps were formed and see the effects of glaciation on the geography of the Alpine lands and the opportunities this has given in travel, leisure and, tourism. Learn about green technology and environmental advances by visiting Vauban – an innovative town that is a model of sustainability. You will also learn about the research, technology and production process involved in the modern automobile industry. Enjoy a bike tour that combines cultural highlights with an eco-tutorial on the regeneration of natural spaces along the Isar River and a guided tour of a Swiss hydroelectric power station. Spend the afternoon visiting the riveting Deutsches Museum, home to 28,000 exhibit items spanning 50 different fields of sciences and technology and filled with hands-on activities. Join us for all of this and so much more as we explore Lucerne, Freiburg, and Munich.
contact melissa Dunaway with any questions.
On Feb. 3rd, many Small Middle School students competed in the NICA Mountain Bike race in Troy, TX. All raced hard and several garnered top 10 results. Everyone’s efforts assisted in claiming the Middle School 2nd place over all other mountain bike teams in Texas that weekend. These students train and race with the Bowie Mountain Bike Bulldog team.
8th grade boys
Ethan Doucette 1st place
7th grade boys
Beckett Sharp 8th place
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
2018-2019 NJHS Important Dates
- March 8, 2019
Information meeting during PRIDE in front of the Counselor’s Office
- March 11, 2019
Pick up applications from the Counselor’s Office
- March 15, 2019
Last day to pick up an application from the Counselor’s Office
- April 18, 2019
Final day to turn in applications (no exceptions)
- Week of May 6, 2019
Letters go out to students who are accepted into NJHS
- May 21st
Induction into NJHS 6pm in the cafeteria
Candidates should record a minimum of 10 hours between March 11th – April 14th.